Phage Display
October 3, 2018


“New Age” beliefs are no mere relic of the 70s, alas. According to Pew Research, 62 percent of Americans—and 62 percent of “nones”—believe in some form of New Age malarkey. 42 percent of Americans buy into some vague notion of “spiritual energy” and 41 percent believe in psychics. Psychics for pete’s sake!! About a third …

Scientific Myths of All Natural Medicine
October 3, 2018


Recently while discussing drug classifications and drug effects with my students, the All-Natural Medicine Myth was brought up. the All-Natural Medicine Myth (a.k.a the Argumentum ad Naturam) reflects the tendency to believe something is good because it is natural—or conversely it is bad because it is unnatural. While I was talking to the class about …

Polls Show Most Americans ‘Believe the Women’
October 2, 2018


As the country waits to see what becomes of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pending the results of an FBI investigation, one thing has become clear: Whether or not the Senate believed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh, most of America does. In a PBS Newshour / Marist poll taken September 22 to 24, …

Leave Alex Alone!!!
October 2, 2018


Last month, our boss Robyn Blumner was at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva where she spoke out about blasphemy laws and the oppression of atheists. “Any law that criminalizes apostasy or the defamation of religion is an unjust law,” she says. Check out the video. Kavin Senapathy, in her Woo Watch column for Skeptical …

Tools of Oppression: Taking on Blasphemy Laws at the UN Human Rights Council
October 1, 2018


“Any law that criminalizes apostasy or the defamation of religion is an unjust law.” Holding special consultative status at the United Nations, the Center for Inquiry regularly attends sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Robyn Blumner, CFI’s president and CEO, was there earlier this month to speak out against blasphemy laws—laws that …

Seven Degrees
October 1, 2018


Remember how I’ve been in jury-duty purgatory for a while (and still am)? This piece at FiveThirtyEight by Maggie Koerth-Baker is timely for me, as she writes about how terrible people are at figuring out who is and is not lying. The article, which features comment from CSI Fellow James Alcock, notes that it’s more or …

On Apostasy and Blasphemy in Sudan
September 28, 2018


When the Islamists seized power in Sudan through a coup d’état in July 1989, their objective was simple and clear: the establishment of an Islamic regime and the revival of sharia, particularly its penal code. To realize this objective, Islam, as the regime’s official ideology, had to enjoy a special status that puts it above …

Blasphemy in Syria: the Invisible War
September 28, 2018


Syria is one of the Arabic countries that their systems have contributed on their underdevelopment. It is obvious that the discussion of defending individual freedom in Syria is a Byzantine dialogue. At the Syrian state system, some vague demagogic points have tried to turn the Syrians into primitive people. Unfortunately, the Syrians’ fear and weakness …

The World Will Little Note the Pterodactyls We Shoot Here
September 28, 2018


Once again, I was captive of the Maine justice system, rendering my valuable civic services as a member of a jury, and yes, may yet be again in the coming weeks. So I’m missing a lot. I hear there’s something about a judge happening? Who knows. Here’s a thing I know: International Blasphemy Rights Day …

Hurt Feelings Don’t Merit Legislation!
September 27, 2018


It’s no surprise that Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan invokes blasphemy after Dutch MP Geert Wilders announced plans to hold an exhibition of anti-Islam cartoons in the Netherlands and calls on other Muslim countries to “come up with a collective policy that could then be brought up at international forums.” Officially, the Islamic …